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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2013-02-13T19:36:20+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=13518 2013-02-13T19:36:20+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13518&p=116152#p116152 <![CDATA[Re: A Bit 'O Ladder Braced Heaven]]>
gaucho wrote:
Speaking of ladder braced beauties, here's mine. The one on the right is a late 20's Supertone (Sears catalogue). I recently found the one on the left at a swap meet but I can't figure out what it is. No markings anywhere. The distinct features are the very narrow, almost parallel sided headstock, the binding and the extremely V shaped neck. My best guess (based on others I've seen on the inter-webs) is '20-'30's Regal. It's a true parlor size also. The Supertone is the next size up. What is that, concert, 00, or what?



I am not sure how consistent it was but I have gotten may hands on quite a few Regals that had an hybrid X bracing - an X brace below the soundhole but then two parrallel braces beneath it.

Concert would be the next step up or an O style. After that Grand Concert (00) and then Auditorium (000 size). The Schmidt-made Stellas were typically concert size guitars.

I have a late 1930s Supertone in the house. Unlike yours, mine as the typical birch top. I originally bought it because it was $30 and I wanted the canvas case. I about fell out of my chair when I first played it and found that the neck was fine. All in all though - it sounds like you would expect a mail order el cheap guitar without a spruce top to - thin and boxy. But it is still a blast to play. And it is definitely cool looking.

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2013-02-13T09:31:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13518&p=116132#p116132 <![CDATA[Re: A Bit 'O Ladder Braced Heaven]]> That's one absolutely wonderful guitar! I love them old ladder braced one's too.
Almost all my non-resonator stuff is played on ladder braced guitars!

Congrats on a cool guitar!

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2013-02-13T08:14:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13518&p=116128#p116128 <![CDATA[Re: A Bit 'O Ladder Braced Heaven]]> Peace

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2013-02-12T15:09:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13518&p=116086#p116086 <![CDATA[Re: A Bit 'O Ladder Braced Heaven]]> Very nice, but then I love ladder bracing.

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This one was done right - a 1957 Silvertone 618 which is pretty much a dressed down version of the Kay K-22 Artist. A spruce topped monster with a 17 1/8" lower bout (put that in your pipe and smoke it Gibson). But that ain't the secret weapon. That would be the guitars incredible 25.9" scale. Yeah, it can be a bit tough on small hands and can really put a neck to the test (which explains why so many of these guitars did not survive or are out there with inky necks). But that long scale turbo charges the top giving the guitar power and volume. It has enough low end rumble to make anybody happy and upper mids and highs that are full and snappy. The Silvertone does have a quick attack which brings an archtop more than a flat top to mind.

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